The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the inclusion of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam in the recently launched Shaheen Express shipping service operated by container carrier Maersk between the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Subcontinent.
The latest initiative is set to enhance the Gulf Cost port’s connectivity, linking King Abdulaziz Port to major regional hubs such as Jebel Ali, Mundra and Pipavav aboard the containership Big Dog, which has a carrying capacity of 1,740 TEU.
The year 2022 has already seen several shipping lines choosing Dammam as a port of call, including SeaLead Shipping’s Far East to Middle East (FAM) service, Emirates Shipping Line’s Jebel Ali Bahrain Shuwaikh (JBS) service, and the Gulf-India Express 2 (GIX2) operated by Aladin Express. In addition, recently connections have been established with the ports of Singapore and Shanghai on the Gulf China Service (GCS) from Pacific International Lines (PIL).
Maersk recently launched Shaheen Express, starting from the last week of November. It will rotate between Mundra, Pipavav, Jebel Ali, Dammam, and Jebel Ali and back to Mundra, creating “a stable and reliable service for the India-UAE-Saudi Arabia corridor.” The new service will primarily aim at addressing rising demand for customers trading between the Indian and the Gulf markets.